The Morning Cram [just downstream edition]

Nov 14, 2013

From NPR: In the northern Rockies of Montana, wildlife is a part of daily conversation. Fishing alone generates $250 million a year, and the pursuit of trout brings in most of that money. But record droughts and declining snowpack mean streams are becoming less habitable for this revered fish.

Kentucky: 2014 may be a year of uncertainty for Kentucky’s farmers. Kentucky Court of Appeals Judge Jeff Taylor will present a program on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy 50 years ago. Kentucky Farm Bureau President Mark Haney is again calling for lawmakers to provide an exemption from the state sales tax for products used in the horse industry.

Illinois: Gov. Pat Quinn took part in his second tour around the state this week signing legislation refunding money to taxpayers and announcing capital investments.

Tennessee: Gov. Bill Haslam says the state has benefited from a company hired to manage its assets, despite a comptroller's report that suggests the company may have benefited from its own advice, creating a conflict of interest. The heads of two Tennessee state legislative committees say the process for selecting books for state schools needs to be fixed.